They’re Still Wondering About the McCourts’ Team Spirit
Pat Jordan would have us believe that Frank and Jamie McCourt’s naivete and concern for privacy have led to their bad rap from the local media (“Frank and Jamie McCourt Sooooo Love L.A.” July 23). In fact, the opposite is true: The McCourts desperately crave fame and adoration, and they mistakenly think they can micromanage the press they receive. Their overwhelming desire to sell themselves to the residents of this city is evident by the directive they gave their employees: to “think of the McCourts as the brand and the Dodgers as the product.” L.A. doesn’t love (or even like) this pair of carpetbaggers precisely because they are such blatant self-promoters.
I happened to read The Times on my flight back to Washington, D.C., from Los Angeles, where I lived for several years and where I had flown specifically to enjoy an evening at Dodger Stadium. Like many Dodgers fans around the world, I have been a fan since I was a young boy.
I was particularly struck by the concern that the owners had come to Los Angeles from Boston. The Dodgers themselves are not a native Los Angeles team, having migrated from New York in 1958.
L.A. is composed of, and led by, great, caring leaders who were drawn to the city, and not necessarily born there. To me, it is tremendously exciting that anyone would invest in the future of such a historic franchise in such a great city. It would seem that Dodgers fans and L.A. residents would have considerable reason to support the McCourts and the team, which is back on the rise to greatness with owners who are truly committed and passionate.
Stewart D. McLaurin
Perhaps Angelenos would appreciate the McCourts a bit more if they were photographed wearing something with a Dodgers logo, just as Arte Moreno regularly wears the Angels logo as owner of the Angels. It’s a simple gesture, but one that would speak volumes about identifying with Los Angeles and its team.
Here you have a man of quintessential mediocrity who has the charisma of a goldfish, hires management drones and has zero feel for L.A. A dynamite combination for, maybe, Boise, Idaho. This town is the show-business capital of the world. It deserves better.
Lawrence J. Pippick